Reposted with permission from Mindful Teachers
Amy Saltzman, M.D., director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education, is a pioneer in the fields of holistic medicine and mindfulness for youth. Dr. Saltzman is the author of A Still Quiet Place and the creator of a 10-week Online Practicum for K-12 Educators. Her CDs Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Children and Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens are available via iTunes, Amazon, and cdbaby.
Why did you decide to integrate mindfulness into your medical practice? How has it benefited your patients?
I chose to integrate mindfulness into my medical practice because many diseases are stress induced, or made worse by stress, and as a young physician in training I was frustrated by senior physicians who would tell patients that they had done all they could for them, and the patients would “have to learn to live with it.” Mindfulness teaches patients how to live with illness.
Melli O’Brien mentioned in a recent interview that the increasing popularity of mindfulness has led to some concerns about the quality of teaching. In your opinion, what’s the best way to ensure high-quality mindfulness instruction?
I agree, as mindfulness becomes more popular it is very wise and absolutely necessary that we insure high quality teaching. The essential foundation of high quality teaching is a long term, formal, devoted, daily, mindfulness practice.
If someone wants to share mindfulness with others and has any uncertainty about the definition of any of those terms in relationship to mindfulness, I strongly encourage them to read Chapter 2 in my book A Still Quiet Place, titled “Finding Your Way: Paths to Teaching and Facilitating,” which offers recommended steps for developing an personal practice, and the skills for sharing mindfulness with others.
Please visit Mindful Teachers, where Dr. Amy also answers:
- What kind of training do you include in the Still Quiet Place Online Practicum, and how do you select participants?
- In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of bringing in outside experts vs. having teachers lead mindfulness activities in their own classrooms?
- What does “mindful teaching” mean to you?
- What do you do in your own personal mindfulness practice, and how does it help you with your work?